Samir Emdanat, Director of Product Development published a paper co-authored by Meeli Linnik, The Boldt Company and Digby Christian, Sutter Health. The paper, "A Framework for Integrating Takt Planning, Last Planner System, and Labor Tracking", will be presented at the 24th International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC) conference in Boston on Thursday July 21st 2016.
The paper proposes a framework for incorporating direct field labor hours and costs into an overall production strategy centered on Takt Time Planning (TTP) and the Last Planner® System (LPS). It illustrates how the vPlanner Production Tracker module is used to associate labor information with production activities. The association of field labor hours including budgeted, estimated, and actual with production activities provides an early indicator of risk on projects. The proposed framework improves the consistency and efficiency by which the information is created and maintained so that the system can be scaled to support large projects that span multiple years. This is done to shorten the cycle time between monthly financial forecasting and field labor utilization. The goal is to improve the effectiveness of identifying and mitigating risks of field labor overruns and also the realization of savings opportunities due to improved field labor utilization. The paper outlines the improved workflow processes and presents an analysis of the data collected over several months from implementing this approach on the St. Luke's Hospital project, a new 237,000 sq.ft, seven story hospital in San Francisco for Sutter Health.